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Future of Humanity: Nick Bostrom supports Stephen Hawking's AI predictions

Sam Shead | May 19, 2015
The growing field of artificial intelligence is catching the eye of academics and technology leaders worldwide.

Stephen Hawking

Last week Stephen Hawking warned that computers will overtake humans in terms of intelligence within the next 100 years.

"Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years," he said at Zeitgeist 2015 in London. "When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours."

Hawking, who signed an open letter alongside Elon Musk earlier this year warning that AI development should not go on uncontrolled, added: "Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it."

Bostrom joined Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, Elon Musk, Lord Martin Rees, Jaan Tallinn and several others, in signing the Future of Life Institute's open letter.

The signatories "...believe that research on how to make AI systems robust and beneficial is both important and timely, and that there are concrete research directions that can be pursued today."

AI technology is already built into devices we use in our every day lives. For example, Siri, an intelligent personal assistant that sits inside iPhones and iPads is underpinned by AI developed by Apple, while Google's self-driving vehicles also rely heavily on AI. According to the FT, more than 150 startups in Silicon Valley are working on AI today.


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